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Jesse Gus Allen

Jesse Gus Allen

Jesse Gus Allen

Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on July 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pedalling with this is noticeably smoother than with a standard ring, not by a huge amount but it's definitely a nice little boost. I notice it the most at the top of the stroke where human biomechanics makes us the weakest. I run a 32 tooth but at this point the oval shape makes it feel like a 30t so it's easier to push through the hardest part of the stroke. I find this feeling to be very nice and improves my pedal efficiency.

All in all, I'm totally sold on ovals and will never be going back to a traditional ring!

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on July 9, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Took this helmet to Trestle Bike Park in Colorado recently and it did well enough. The fit was okay but when I tried my buddy's Fox helmet on it worked for me much better. I do have a fairly narrow head and I know that Shred's half shells tend to fit a round head better so it's possible this will work better for someone else. It's also a bit heavy compared to some others I've tried on. Sick graphics though!

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on July 9, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are my first set of elbow pads and I've only used them once so far but initial impressions are good. Used them downhilling at Trestle Bike Park in Colorado and completely forgot about them while I was riding. They are a bit warm so I don't think they'd be fun to climb with but I really only plan to use them on DH days and shuttle laps.

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on July 3, 2019

Great battery life and accurate stats
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently took this on a 400-mile bike packing trip in Scotland and I would not have made it without this GPS. There were times that the trail was no more than a line of grass that bent in a slightly different direction than the grass around it. Without the navigation feature on this thing, I would probably still be in the Highlands trying to make friends with a herd of sheep.

The battery life is truly outstanding, at one point in the trip when we were a good hour and a half from the next opportunity to grab some electricity the battery dropped down to 15% but we still made it with time to spare! Now that I'm back in the States I find I only need to charge it about once a week and could probably push it quite a bit further than that.

My only complaint is that the arrow that represents you on the navigation screen is much too large. It covers the equivalent of about 30 yards on the screen and makes it hard to tell if you just missed the turn or if you still have a little ways to go. Other than that I have no problems with this little computer!

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on July 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a die-hard Sidi fan for a long time but as my riding has gotten more aggressive I decided that I wanted some stealth rubber in case I need to bail attempting rocky features and I've been surprisingly happy with these. I was worried that the water-resistant fabric wouldn't breathe and my feet would overheat in the Utah summers but that didn't turn out to be a problem. When I first put them on they felt warm but when I'm pedalling they open up and my feet stay dry both from sweat and creek crossings. The soles are stiff and give good power transfer which is great for climbs. The Stealth rubber is harder than it is on Five Ten's flat shoes which will hopefully translate to a longer lifespan, but they still grip pretty well when I miss a clip. I still like the fit on my old Sidi Dominators more and these feel just a touch loose by comparison but is stilly pretty good. The Boa system is great for quick on and off but I don't feel that the velcro over the toes does much.

By far my biggest complaint is that Adidas felt the need to plaster their logo on the tongue. Okay Adidas we all know that you bought Five Ten, there's no need to remind me of it every time I go for a bike ride. Please just sit back, collect your money, and let Five Ten make their own decisions. Or at least keep your logo off their shoes. It looks incredibly out of place and for better or worse looks are a big part of the decision making the process for buying a new pair of shoes.

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on July 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is hands down the most comfortable bike helmet I have ever worn! I tend to sweat a bunch from my head but this helmet helped minimize the problem. There's so much air running through it that the sweat evaporated much quicker than normal and it was much easier to keep it from getting in my eyes. It's also very comfortable and light, it almost gets to the mythical "forget that it's there" status. There are other half shel helmet out there that offer better coverage that could be more appropriate for enduro riding but for xc, trail and light-duty enduro it's hard to top this!

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on June 27, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

When you first get on this thing, likely in a parking lot, it's going to feel weird. Bouncing up and down on the suspension will feel stiff, and maybe even a little unpleasant, but then you'll ride it over a curb and you'll start to see the advantages. Hitting the curb head-on, even without lifting on the bars at all, is a remarkably smooth experience, much nicer than with a traditional telescopic fork.

Amazingly one of the places that you're going to notice the biggest improvements is in technical climbing. The front wheel seems to just hover over obstacles. Sections that used to be very physical will become smooth and easy because you don't need to throw the front end around to get over rocks and roots. Just keep a smooth cadence going and you'll float over objects that would have thrown you on a telescopic fork.

Once you start heading downhill you're likely going to have to adapt your style a little bit to get the most out of the fork. You'll want to shift your weight forward of where you normally descend and put some more weight on the bars. If you do this you'll find that your front end grips like it never has before. Seriously the difference in grip is crazy for two reasons. One this fork does a much better job of keeping steady pressure on the front tire and two you don't get any brake dive so your head angle stays the same under braking (and during big hits as well). These two things mean that your front end has more consistent forces on it and gives a more reliable level of grip suitable railing high-speed turns. Now part of the way it accomplishes this is by staying higher in the travel which means that the hits are going to feel a bit harsher and the overall performance is less playful, so this definitely isn't outright better than telescopic forks.

The way I like to look at it is that the Trust Message was built to improve over telescopic forks in terms of stability, small bump compliance, and grip. It is wildly successful in these areas but it does sacrifice a little bit in comfort and playfulness. So depending on your riding style and the bike you're pairing it with it could either be a massive improvement or a moderate disappointment.

Since I'm sure you're all wondering about the weight, it comes in between a Fox 34 and 36.

Bikes I would recommend for this fork:

Pivot Trail 429
Yeti SB100

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on June 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the most comfortable saddle I've ever been on! I'm running it on my Yeti SB130 mountain bike and for that purpose it would be nice to have a little more padding but it is still a super comfy seat even for long 20+ mile single track rides. The long rails give the ability to fine-tune your position which I've found to be more useful than I expected.

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on May 19, 2019

Face fabric wets out but you stay dry
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this jacket for a 400 mile mountain bikepacking trip in Scotland and on the whole it did well. It fits comfortable and breathes amazingly well for a waterproof piece. I do find it strange though that face fabric seams to wet out almost instantly, even right after I washed it with a detergent meant for waterproof clothing. The water won't soak all the way through so you stay dry but it's still a bit strange. I should mention that I have had similar experiences with my Gore-tex active jacket (which is also 2.5 layer). Still having the extra breathability for a high output sport like mountain biking is worth this small trade off in my opinion.

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on May 19, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves are my first pair without a velcro closure and I have to say I like it a lot more than I expected. They are comfortable, stay in place and are easy to get on and off. Plus they breathe really well. They don't have any padding so I have gotten some wrist fatigue with them but the thinner material does give me better bar feel. Overall just another great Endura product!

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Jesse Gus Allenwrote a review of on May 17, 2019

So easy to use!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is incredibly easy to use and makes the hassle of flying with a bike much easier! Just pull the wheels, pedals and handlebars off and then follow the illustrated directions on the bag. This is made even easier by the color-coded buckles. I went one step further and pulled the derailleur off as well and let it hang by the cable. While not necessary I felt that it helped to protect the somewhat delicate component from the rough treatment of airline baggage handlers.

Once it's packed up the generous handles and wheels make it easy to roll up to the check-in. It does remain quite large so getting it in the trunk of a taxi probably isn't going to happen but the fact is that bikes just aren't that small.

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